If We Build It …..They Will Come ………
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And while the residents of the county and the city of Miami in particular might feel aghast at the fact in these dire economic times, a professional sports franchise will be obtaining a stadium. It can’t have escaped their notice that upon the franchise’s inception there were playing in the Miami Dolphins’ stadium . That being said the ownership carousel that has taken place since the franchise’s original owner
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The Expos were cocooned for several years before they returned to competitive play within the league in the guise of the Washington Nationals. The franchise itself at present in the midst of its own dilemma. The furor now surrounding Nationals’ player Esmailyn Gonzalez and the resignation of former GM Jim Bowden and that of his Special Assistant Jose Rijo leaves the franchise in the midst of an ongoing investigation by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation).
As to the Marlins it gives them the sense of purpose that they finally sought. In knowing that they’ll finally have a venue to call their very own and play within. For their entire existence they’ve played in a venue that wasn’t an all purpose baseball park . Unlike the rest of the franchises within the game. And it certainly hasn’t helped that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has done to make demands without ever having been able to come up with a solid solution for the franchise’s ongoing problems. He’s has been more about what he perceives is the image of the game than deal with many of the underlying issues that the game faces. And now we’ll be able to see whether or not he and the owners will have the acumen and insight to deal with the possible issues the game now faces with the uncertainty of the economic climate.
It’s almost certain that certain revenues streams will be down. And the game’s hierarchy will have to be totally reliant on the goodwill of their most loyal corporate sponsors and the fans most of all. For the Marlins this presents something of a predicament. As they’ve never been known to have a hotbed or rabid fans. If anything the fans that’ve remained loyal to the franchise have been the ones at the team’s inception. But with those days now far behind them it’s been a struggle for the franchise to have an adequate and active fan base. Rarely is there more than 15,000 in attendances for a home game. And one would be right to assume that the franchise is one of the least supported teams in terms of their home attendance . It also paints something of a poor picture as to the support that the game receives from the fans in South Florida. The Dolphins has and will always hold sway within the tri county area of Broward , Miami Dade and Palm Beach County. But yet the fans turn up with about as much frequency as Halley’s comet. It’s indeed a sad indictment of franchise other than the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have been the only franchise in the game to have won multiple World Series over the last thirteen years.